The November issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
- Behind the Seams: Take an in-depth look at an early 1960s sheath dress.
- Conquering the Welt: Learn how to sew single and double welt pockets with David Page Coffin..
- The Secret Lives of Looms: Everything you need to know about the structural properties of fabric from hand weaving, by Tasha Griffith.
- How to start a small clothing brand: Sadie Roberts of Tradlands offers her experience building a US-made clothing label from the ground up.
- Keeping Warm: A Guide to Fabrics for Coats and Jackets, by Erin Weisbart.
- From Sheep to Steam: Explore the history, science, and benefits of wool, by Tasha Griffith.
- A Funny Thing Happened: Sewing lessons through mistakes, by Barbara Clark.
- The Seamworker’s Guide to Paris: Explore Paris with pattern designer and teacher, Christine Haynes.
- Block, Paper, Scissors: Make a feminine petal sleeve using a basic sleeve, by Devon Iott.
- Handmade Beauty: Relax with a soothing oatmeal bath, by Kat Siddle.
- Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
“You may have sewn the prettiest party dress or the rockinest jeans, but in the winter, how is anyone to see your awesome handmade wardrobe when you’re always bundled up under something warm? Sew your own coat or jacket!” -Erin Weisbart, Keeping Warm
“I couldn’t believe my luck. I finished the last few stitches securing the invisible zip, snipped the threads and headed over to the ironing board for a press-out. It wasn’t until I flipped the garment over that I saw the most beautifully inserted invisible zipper I have ever sewed, bar none. And I said to myself, I have just conquered sewing.” -Barbara Clark, A Funny Thing Happened
“When my grandmother taught me how to weave, I had an epiphany about how grainlines and bias impact garment sewing. Suddenly, I understood why it’s so important to match grainlines, why you can get away with cutting some pieces cross-grain but not others, and why the same pattern, if made up in fabrics that are cut in different directions, will result in garments that behave so differently.” -Tasha Griffith, The Secret Life of Looms
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
Cold weather is all about layers. Any layered look would be incomplete without the addition of a cardigan. Wembley is a relaxed fit cropped cardigan. It features an angled hem that dips slightly at the front. A neck and hem band finish this cropped cardigan.
Make your favorite new outerwear piece in just three hours. Camden is a fully lined cape with stylish seaming. It’s paneled design makes it a cinch to cut and fit. Practical arm slits make Camden just as practical as it is chic. (A special thank you to Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics for this lovely boiled wool!)